EXCLUSIVE: VIDEO: New developments at the Lakewood Airport could soon accommodate commercial helicopters and small jets, Lakewood Economic Development Director and Director of the Lakewood Airport Steven Reinman tells TLS in an exclusive interview.
Located at the center of the Industrial Park, the airport is poised for some significant changes which will not only be an asset to the businesses in the area, but will also attract more businesses and enhance the value of the Industrial Park as the economy improves, Reinman says.
One of the improvements coming to the airport, is a helipad. Near the helipad, the airport intends to provide parking spaces for commercial helicopters as well as spaces for craft-owners.
Over the next year or two, Reinman says, the Township also plans to begin a number of projects which would help them reclaim some of the lost length of the runway. Doing so, will allow for smaller jets – possibly 6-10 seater jets – to take off and land at the airport.
The runway, says Reinman, is about 3,000 feet long, but has lost about 500-600 feet due to trees, poles and other obstructions which they will begin working to remove and restore the full use of the runway.
Currently, the Lakewood Airport only allows for the Cessna-type aircrafts and the closest airport to allow for those smaller aircrafts, is Monmouth Executive.
Further development at the airport, involves the commercial development of the former jump-zone. The jump-zone, which was used for parachuters years ago, has dozens of undeveloped acres of land which the Township hopes to develop for corporate use. The benefits of building corporate offices in that space, will give businesses the opportunity of having access to airport hangars from the rear of their buildings, enabling them to fly in and out with ease.
“All of that bodes very well for companies looking to locate in this area and take advantage of all the resources in Lakewood”, Reinman says.
The Township also has longer term future plans to renovate the current airport terminal into a proper terminal with a restaurant and other amenities. TLS.